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Brent and Melissa Courter  

“Brent and Melissa Courter are so involved, but still manage to give back to their community in so many ways,” says Curt Johnson, Executive Director of MCCF. Brent and Melissa Courter are not lifelong residents of our community, but they have made this place their home. Melissa is originally from Mitchell, IN. She later studied pharmacy at Purdue University, and now practices at Memorial Hospital. Brent grew up in Freelandville near North Knox High School. He studied finance at Indiana University and now serves as a local financial advisor for many community members at Edward Jones Investments. The couple met in 2000 on a blind date set up by their colleagues. They now have two daughters, Kyleigh and Breanna, who keep busy with softball, cheer, volleyball and showing their sheep in 4-H. While their free time is little to none, the couple finds themselves attending the girl’s activities, boating, hunting and traveling.

Brent and Melissa are involved in our community in many ways. Melissa serves on the local Youth First board to help with fundraising, is a member of Tri Kappa, and also holds a seat on our very own Martin County Community Foundation Board as the Secretary. Brent is on the Vincennes University Board, East Fork Water Board, Loogootee School Board and the Martin County Community Foundation Finance Committee. Melissa stated, “If we are here, we might as well be involved,” and we are so thankful they are. They established an endowment fund for community grantmaking now and also have identified funds as beneficiaries upon their passing, including the MCCF General Unrestricted Fund. This unrestricted fund allows the foundation to grant money annually to qualifying charities deemed appropriate. The result will be a steady, renewable source of income their named beneficiaries that they’ll be able to use in perpetuity for their needs, and that the MCCF will use for community grant making.

When asked what motivated them to establish their fund, Brent listed three reasons. First and foremost, giving back to the community is also giving back to their church, which for them is the Redemption Christian Church. Second, Martin County has blessed the Courter’s by giving their business to Edward Jones Investments and this is a way to pay it forward. Lastly, people have told the Courter’s about the importance of giving back to the community and they are following in the footsteps of their successors. Their funds have created a way for the Courter’s to leave their legacy within Martin County and help out for good, forever. Thank you, Brent and Melissa, for giving your hearts, time, treasures and efforts to our community and the Martin County Community Foundation.

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